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Department of English Language and Literature

Faculty and Staff Directory

Mindy Fenske

Associate Professor
Department of English Language and Literature

Phone Number: (803) 777-6595
Office: HUO 225
Curriculum vitae: Download PDF


PhD, Louisiana State University
MA, Arizona State University

Areas of Specialization 

   Performance Studies
   Visual Cultural Studies
   Critical Methodology

Recently Taught Courses 

SPCH 230    Business and Professional Speaking
SPCH 260    Argumentation and Debate
SPCH 330    Small Group Communication
SPCH 340    Literature and Performance
SPCH 411    Arguments in Cultural Studies
SPCH 701    Teaching Speech Communication

Professional Accolades 

   Winner of the 2010 National Communication Association’s Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies.
   Winner of the 2005 National Communication Association's Golden Monograph Award for the essay, "The Aesthetic of the Unfinished: Ethics and Performance, " published in Text and Performance Quarterly.

Current Research Projects 

My communication scholarship lies at the intersection between performance, cultural, and visual rhetorical studies. I employ theories of performance and visual representation to critically investigate popular and historical multi-mediated representations of the human body. My analyses focus on how identity is visually and discursively produced, performed, and constructed in order to explore possibilities for critical and social agency.

Selected Publications 

   Tattoos in American Visual Culture (New York: Palgrave, 2007)

   "Movement and Resistance: (Tattooed) Bodies and Performance." Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 4.1 (March 2007): 51-73.
   "The Movement of Interpretation: Conceptualizing Performative Encounters with Multimediated Performance." Text and Performance Quarterly, 26.2 (April 2006): 138-161.
   "The Aesthetic of the Unfinished: Ethics and Performance." Text and Performance Quarterly, 24.1 (January 2004): 1-19. (Winner of 2005 National Communication Association Golden Anniversary Monograph Award)

Recent Presentations 

   “Becoming Publics.” National Communication Association Convention, Washington DC: November 2013.
   "Digital Moments and Technological Movements in Performance." National Communication Association Convention, Chicago: November 2009.
   "Structures of PresencMedia, Movement, and Music." National Communication Association Convention, San Diego, CA: November 23, 2008.

Other Information 

   • Editor-Elect, Text and Performance Quarterly (2014-2015, editorship 2016-2018)
   • Chair, Performance Studies Division of the National Communication Association (2011-2012)
   • Editorial Board Member of Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies and the PSD National Review Board.